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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB FirePro W4170M
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 481%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 431%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 414%
FIFA 21 54% 193%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 717%
Far Cry 6 342% 740%
Genshin Impact 205% 481%
Hitman 3 297% 655%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 193%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 460%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are significantly better than the AMD FirePro W4170M.

The GTX 950M has a 89 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro W4170M. This results in the GTX 950M providing 16.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 950M has a 89 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W4170M. This results in the GTX 950M providing 8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950M was released less than a year after the FirePro W4170M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the FirePro W4170M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 950M has 8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FirePro W4170M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 950M is marginally better than the FirePro W4170M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W4170M has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W4170M is 294. The GTX 950M having 564 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 950M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FirePro W4170M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the FirePro W4170M requires 50 Watts. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs825 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs900 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTGCN 1.1 Mars XTX
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs28 Apr 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.8
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1920x1080
6
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2560x1440
4.3
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3840x2160
2.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs72GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs384
Actual Shader Performance41%vs14%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs24
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs19.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs6.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs50 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first variant of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-N16P-GT which has 5 SM activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 914MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is adequate.

Features
DirectX 12 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it may be equipped in average sized notebooks.

Performance
Because GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is just a higher clocked GeForce GTX 850M v2 2GB, its performance is only about 5% faster than its predecessors and so GeForce GTX 860M 2GB is still faster.
Still, it still offers decent gaming at 1920x1080 and most modern games should run fluently at high settings.

System Suggestions
We recommend a strong processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.
FirePro W4170M is a Professional Graphics Card based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the GCN 1.1 Mars XTX and therefore offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs on a 128-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 825MHz and goes up to 900MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1125MHZ.
Its performance lies somewhere between desktop Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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